Richmond Hill, Ontario-based transportation services manager Transplace Canada, formerly Torus Freight Systems Ltd., has a new private equity backer following the decision of the company’s Frisco, Texas-based parent, Transplace Inc., to partner with New York’s Greenbriar Equity Group. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Torus Freight Systems was acquired in December 2012 for an undisclosed sum by Transplace and its previous private equity owner, CI Capital Partners.
Transplace Selects New Equity Partner Greenbriar Equity Group
Dallas, TX and Rye, NY, May 28, 2013 – Transplace, a leading provider of non-asset based third party logistics (“3PL”), intermodal and truck brokerage services, has selected Greenbriar Equity Group LLC (“Greenbriar”), a New York-based private investment firm, as its new equity partner. Greenbriar acquired Transplace from an affiliate of CI Capital Partners, who joined with Transplace management in 2009 to buy the company from its original owners. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Transplace is a leading North American 3PL and technology company committed to helping manufacturers, retailers and distributors reduce costs and improve service. The company was founded in 2000 by six of the largest freight carriers in the U.S. and helps Fortune 1000 customers manage complex logistics and transportation needs by providing customized solutions through its proprietary transportation management system. Transplace provides full transportation outsourcing, carrier contracting and negotiation, and freight brokerage services to a diversified blue chip customer base; it also offers intermodal services as Celtic International. One of the top freight capacity brokers in North America, Transplace generates gross revenue in excess of $1.3 billion from more than 700 customers.
Jill Raker, Managing Director at Greenbriar, said: “Transplace has an outstanding executive leadership team, an excellent customer base, and a differentiated set of logistics solutions. By partnering with Tom Sanderson, George Abernathy, Rich Hyland and Steve Golich, along with the rest of the Transplace management team, we expect to further grow the company across the full range of its service offerings to continue providing value to existing and new customers.”
Tom Sanderson, Transplace’s CEO said: “Greenbriar has a long-standing focus on the logistics sector, understands our industry and will support growing our business, while building value for our customers and creating attractive opportunities for employees. Our partnership with CI Capital provided the opportunity to supplement organic growth with mergers and acquisitions such as leading Intermodal transportation provider Celtic International, chemical-focused 3PL SCO Logistics, and Canadian transportation manager Torus Freight Systems (now Transplace Canada).”
Joost Thesseling, Managing Director at CI Capital, said: “Throughout our history as a firm, we have made investments in businesses operated by high-caliber management teams. Together with Tom Sanderson and the Transplace team, we built a leading third-party logistics company through strategic acquisitions and organic growth. We believe that Transplace is well-positioned to continue to expand its business.”
Greenbriar’s legal counsel is Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP. Transplace was advised by Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.
About Greenbriar Equity Group
Greenbriar Equity Group LLC, a private equity firm with over $2.0 billion of committed capital, focuses exclusively on the global transportation industry, including companies in logistics and distribution, freight and passenger transport, aerospace and defense, automotive, and related sectors. Greenbriar invests with proven management teams who are interested in being significant equity owners in their companies as well as with corporate partners who are interested in raising capital. Greenbriar’s partners bring many decades of experience at the highest levels within the transportation industry. Additional information may be found at www.greenbriarequity.com.
Transplace is a North American non asset-based third party logistics (3PL) provider offering manufacturers, retailers, chemical and consumer packaged goods companies the optimal blend of logistics technology and transportation management services. Transplace provides a comprehensive mix of transportation management and technology services including supply chain consulting and execution ranging from end-to-end logistics outsourcing to intermodal, freight brokerage and SaaS TMS. Transplace has proven the ability to deliver both rapid return on investment and consistent value to customers. The company is recognized among the elite global 3PLs by a customer base that includes many of the largest shippers in the world. To learn more about Transplace, please visit www.transplace.com.
About CI Capital Partners
CI Capital Partners LLC, a North American private equity firm, has been investing in middle-market companies since 1993. CI Capital forms partnerships with experienced management teams and entrepreneurs to build substantial businesses through add-on acquisitions, organic growth and operational improvements. Since the firm’s inception, CI Capital and its portfolio companies have made more than 100 acquisitions representing over $6 billion in enterprise value. CI Capital’s existing portfolio consists of companies which collectively generate annual revenue of close to $4 billion, EBITDA of over $350 million and employ approximately 15,000 people. To learn more about CI Capital Partners, please visit www.cicapllc.com.
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